Samsung and Google are working to streamline setting up Matter smart home devices

Following the official release of the Matter protocol earlier this month, Samsung today at its annual developer conference announced a deeper partnership with Google to make it easier for consumers to set up their smart home devices.

Currently, users are often forced to choose between a specific smart home platform, such as Samsung’s SmartThings or the Google Home app, and trying to get these systems to work together can often be quite difficult. Additionally, some devices are only supported on one (but not both) platforms, meaning you’ll have to switch between ecosystems to manage all your gadgets.

But going forward, thanks in part to Matter’s multi-admin capabilities, Samsung wants to streamline the onboarding process for smart home devices. For example, for SmartThing users, Samsung claims that the app will notify users when it detects devices that have already been set up in the Google Home app, and then provide an easy way to sync those devices into SmartThings (or vice versa).

This means users don’t have to manually set up gadgets on both platforms one by one. And once a device is on board, you can control it with smart home apps from Google and Samsung. And while there’s no specific timeline for when that will happen, Samsung says Matter’s multi-admin feature will roll out sometime in the “coming weeks.”

As for the rest of the SmartThings ecosystem, Samsung says Bixby will also be more deeply integrated into the company’s smart home platform, which will allow developers to support a broader range of voice-based interface experiences. Meanwhile, on the security front, Samsung also announced a new blockchain-based platform called Knox Matrix, which will allow legitimate devices to create a “shield” designed to protect connected devices like TVs and home appliances from outside hacks.

The company says Knox Matrix will employ multi-layered mutual monitoring to prevent malicious actors from gaining unauthorized access to your devices. Supported gadgets can also share credentials and other sensitive data directly with each other to simplify the sign-in process between trusted devices. And while it’s still a little unclear how this system will actually work in the real world, it’s nice to see that Samsung is considering ways to improve security for a wider range of internet-connected devices that may not be regular ones Get security patches like you would with a phone or laptop.

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